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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1814, British troops set fire to the White House in retaliation for an American attack in Canada, in move that will stand for all time as a testament as to what happens when you put someone's Tim Horton's at risk   (history.com) divider line
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2020-08-24 12:22:07 PM  
And the British were then chased out by divine intervention...a storm...perhaps a hurricane hit a day or so later, putting out the fires and ultimately....destroying the civilian side of the city, which the British had left alone.
 
2020-08-24 12:22:19 PM  
If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.
 
2020-08-24 1:35:41 PM  

Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.


What if we decide on Ottawa instead?
 
2020-08-24 1:37:53 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.

What if we decide on Ottawa instead?


Just wait until we need thier land/resources.  Canada will be so screwed....when the freedom comes!
 
2020-08-24 1:41:05 PM  
I could see burning down Buffalo, NY since the Bluejays are playing here.
 
2020-08-24 1:41:35 PM  

Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.


Ain't happening in winter. Besides all we have to do is summon more tornadoes.

/ One of the weird battles-ended-by-weather tales.
 
2020-08-24 1:41:57 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.

What if we decide on Ottawa instead?


Why not both?
 
2020-08-24 1:42:40 PM  
or, if you find a stranger in the alps.
 
2020-08-24 1:44:50 PM  
Watch yourselves, Canada. While you're focused on our Eastern Seaboard, China's quite likely to jump into the fray with a sneak attack against Vancouver.
 
2020-08-24 1:46:00 PM  

Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.


Are you talking about Toronto itself or the GTA as a whole?
Cuz it makes a huge difference.
 
2020-08-24 1:47:08 PM  
Obligatory: Three dead trolls in a baggie: War of 1812
War of 1812 - Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie
Youtube o7jlFZhprU4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7jlF​Z​hprU4
 
2020-08-24 1:50:10 PM  
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And to this day they continue their assault on this country by slipping their nefarious moose quarters into our change.
 
2020-08-24 1:50:18 PM  
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/frak the british forever...
 
2020-08-24 1:51:37 PM  
Hah. Like Americans could ever successfully invade and hold Canadian territory. You would all die during the annual gorilla freeze.
 
2020-08-24 1:53:01 PM  

BigNumber12: Watch yourselves, Canada. While you're focused on our Eastern Seaboard, China's quite likely to jump into the fray with a sneak attack against Vancouver.


A Chinese invasion of Vancouver?
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It would give us a chance to try some new Dim Sum restaurants. Probably wouldn't change much else.
 
2020-08-24 1:53:22 PM  
It's also the anniversary of Pope Innocent III declaring Magna Carta invalid. At the time the Pope thought himself the feudal lord of England and due to John I's weak position that was pretty much the case. Innocent wasn't happy with the Magna Carta, particularly the bit which made the "head of state" (him) subject to the laws of England. Interesting tidbit: John was so sick of the power struggle with Innocent III he considered converting England to Islam in order to be free of the Pope's influence.

John's son Henry III reissued Magna Carta, as did his son Edward I. Since Edward was better at political theater than his two immediate predecessors (three if you count the brief and annulled rule of Louis I, or four if you count Simon de Mountfort's rule while imprisoning Henry III) he was able to win enough support to make it stick, whether the Bishop of Rome liked it or not.
 
2020-08-24 1:59:52 PM  

BigNumber12: Watch yourselves, Canada. While you're focused on our Eastern Seaboard, China's quite likely to jump into the fray with a sneak attack against Vancouver.


They don't need to attack. They practically own all of the real estate in Vancouver. Their invasion force will be vans full of furniture.

/ Similar in California -- Russian gangsters and Chinese communists own a good chunk of property.
 
2020-08-24 2:09:31 PM  

zippyZRX: DarkSoulNoHope: Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.

What if we decide on Ottawa instead?

Just wait until we need thier land/resources.  Canada will be so screwed....when the freedom comes!


Already saw how that would turn out:

https://imagecomics.com/comics/series​/​we-stand-on-guard
 
2020-08-24 2:15:36 PM  

zippyZRX: DarkSoulNoHope: Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.

What if we decide on Ottawa instead?

Just wait until we need thier land/resources.  Canada will be so screwed....when the freedom comes!


Global warming might even make the country inhabitable, some day.
 
2020-08-24 2:23:59 PM  

Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.


Hey we started it by blowing our own town up. They just finished the job.
 
2020-08-24 2:31:51 PM  

Tyrosine: It's also the anniversary of Pope Innocent III declaring Magna Carta invalid. At the time the Pope thought himself the feudal lord of England and due to John I's weak position that was pretty much the case. Innocent wasn't happy with the Magna Carta, particularly the bit which made the "head of state" (him) subject to the laws of England. Interesting tidbit: John was so sick of the power struggle with Innocent III he considered converting England to Islam in order to be free of the Pope's influence.


Oh, THAT would have been an interesting alternate history....
 
2020-08-24 2:32:51 PM  

TotallyRealNotFake: Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.

Are you talking about Toronto itself or the GTA as a whole?
Cuz it makes a huge difference.


Pretty sure it was just York, in which case I think there would be a line-up of would-be chocolatiers that would provide kindling if asked politely.
 
2020-08-24 2:33:17 PM  

BigNumber12: Watch yourselves, Canada. While you're focused on our Eastern Seaboard, China's quite likely to jump into the fray with a sneak attack against Vancouver.


Chinese Invasions...
Have you been to British Columbia????
They already own basically all of Metro Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area.
Plus they're building a Mega Trade Center in British Columbia.
(Helpful Link)
https://www.burnabynow.com/china-is-p​a​ving-its-belt-and-road-to-british-colu​mbia-1.24187665
 
2020-08-24 2:38:16 PM  

Rusty Shackleford: If you want to burn Toronto down again, most Canadians will be quite content to let it happen. Just sayin'.


Pretty sure most Torontonians would be happy if the US burned down Rusty's house cuz no one likes that guy.
 
2020-08-24 2:57:54 PM  
Wait, every month or so there's a thread about "Canadians" burning the White House.  Why is this attributed to the British?

/It's fun pointing out the British were the ones responsible to my Canadian friends when they pull this out.
 
2020-08-24 2:59:51 PM  

SumoJeb: Hah. Like Americans could ever successfully invade and hold Canadian territory. You would all die during the annual gorilla freeze.


Not us Minnesotans. We were forged in bricks of ice.

/ we don't like fighting though
// just look at how our sports teams perform
 
2020-08-24 3:00:09 PM  
The only war we were actually in danger of losing.

Lately whenever I hear someone say "...the troops are protecting your freedom!" I immediately ask if they served in 1812.

I always get some quzzical looks back
 
2020-08-24 3:14:22 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Tyrosine: It's also the anniversary of Pope Innocent III declaring Magna Carta invalid. At the time the Pope thought himself the feudal lord of England and due to John I's weak position that was pretty much the case. Innocent wasn't happy with the Magna Carta, particularly the bit which made the "head of state" (him) subject to the laws of England. Interesting tidbit: John was so sick of the power struggle with Innocent III he considered converting England to Islam in order to be free of the Pope's influence.

Oh, THAT would have been an interesting alternate history....


John was terribly unpopular with everyone: the barons, the people, the Pope, and most foreign powers. By the time this idea came up it was likely too late for him to salvage anything. By this point the French Prince Louis was already in England at the request of the English Barons and was railing rebellion against John. There's no chance John had the power to force the English to convert. Best case scenario an attempt to convert England would have hastened John's death.
 
2020-08-24 3:27:27 PM  

sick_of_it: The only war we were actually in danger of losing.

Lately whenever I hear someone say "...the troops are protecting your freedom!" I immediately ask if they served in 1812.

I always get some quzzical looks back


Yeah the confederate army just waltzed right up to Gettysburg for funsies.
 
2020-08-24 3:43:50 PM  

toetag: Wait, every month or so there's a thread about "Canadians" burning the White House.  Why is this attributed to the British?

/It's fun pointing out the British were the ones responsible to my Canadian friends when they pull this out.


Because all Canadians were British in 1812.
 
2020-08-24 3:53:21 PM  
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2020-08-24 3:55:11 PM  

sick_of_it: The only war we were actually in danger of losing.

Lately whenever I hear someone say "...the troops are protecting your freedom!" I immediately ask if they served in 1812.

I always get some quzzical looks back


The Navy did pretty well.
 
2020-08-24 3:56:17 PM  

SuperChuck: toetag: Wait, every month or so there's a thread about "Canadians" burning the White House.  Why is this attributed to the British?

/It's fun pointing out the British were the ones responsible to my Canadian friends when they pull this out.

Because all Canadians were British in 1812.


And were nowhere near Chesapeake Bay.
 
2020-08-24 4:09:21 PM  
   A historical building , White House.  Too bad you can't burn it down while Trumpf is sleeping.  If he's the worst president to occupy White House it would make it a memorable event!  ( : )
 
2020-08-24 4:29:14 PM  

Third rate whore in Toronto: A historical building , White House.  Too bad you can't burn it down while Trumpf is sleeping.  If he's the worst president to occupy White House it would make it a memorable event!  ( : )


It's like a YouTube commenter found its way over to Fark.
 
2020-08-24 5:05:06 PM  
and we will do it again.
 
2020-08-24 5:28:31 PM  
You guys burn down Thunder Bay and we'll let you do the WH again.
 
2020-08-24 5:34:39 PM  

some_beer_drinker: and we will do it again.


How is the weather in the UK?
 
2020-08-24 5:43:16 PM  
I am in British Columbia
 
2020-08-24 5:49:22 PM  

some_beer_drinker: I am in British Columbia


Well in that case, you would have had to have burned it a first time in order to do it again.

Only the Brits get to brag about it.
 
2020-08-24 6:47:12 PM  

g.fro: SuperChuck: toetag: Wait, every month or so there's a thread about "Canadians" burning the White House.  Why is this attributed to the British?

/It's fun pointing out the British were the ones responsible to my Canadian friends when they pull this out.

Because all Canadians were British in 1812.

And were nowhere near Chesapeake Bay.


Meh.  Until after the war when many of them settled in Canada.
 
2020-08-24 6:50:13 PM  

Greylight: g.fro: SuperChuck: toetag: Wait, every month or so there's a thread about "Canadians" burning the White House.  Why is this attributed to the British?

/It's fun pointing out the British were the ones responsible to my Canadian friends when they pull this out.

Because all Canadians were British in 1812.

And were nowhere near Chesapeake Bay.

Meh.  Until after the war when many of them settled in Canada.


So what?

They still weren't Canadian when they sacked Washington.
 
2020-08-24 6:56:36 PM  

g.fro: Greylight: g.fro: SuperChuck: toetag: Wait, every month or so there's a thread about "Canadians" burning the White House.  Why is this attributed to the British?

/It's fun pointing out the British were the ones responsible to my Canadian friends when they pull this out.

Because all Canadians were British in 1812.

And were nowhere near Chesapeake Bay.

Meh.  Until after the war when many of them settled in Canada.

So what?

They still weren't Canadian when they sacked Washington.


This is the point in the conversation someone brings up the American revolution ... it's all been said and done before many times.  That's the joke.  There is a monument to those soldiers in my old Winnipeg neighbourhood where some settled near the Seine River.  Rowdy bunch.
 
2020-08-24 6:59:16 PM  
But first, they had a vote to see if they should burn it down.
 
2020-08-24 7:10:15 PM  

Greylight: g.fro: Greylight: g.fro: SuperChuck: toetag: Wait, every month or so there's a thread about "Canadians" burning the White House.  Why is this attributed to the British?

/It's fun pointing out the British were the ones responsible to my Canadian friends when they pull this out.

Because all Canadians were British in 1812.

And were nowhere near Chesapeake Bay.

Meh.  Until after the war when many of them settled in Canada.

So what?

They still weren't Canadian when they sacked Washington.

This is the point in the conversation someone brings up the American revolution ... it's all been said and done before many times.  That's the joke.  There is a monument to those soldiers in my old Winnipeg neighbourhood where some settled near the Seine River.  Rowdy bunch.


The joke is that Canadians apparently need to take credit for someone else's work in order to feel pride in their country.
 
2020-08-24 7:33:52 PM  
the voice of raisin:

Already saw how that would turn out:

https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/​we-stand-on-guard



I did not know I needed that...!
 
2020-08-24 8:03:09 PM  

g.fro: Greylight: g.fro: Greylight: g.fro: SuperChuck: toetag: Wait, every month or so there's a thread about "Canadians" burning the White House.  Why is this attributed to the British?

/It's fun pointing out the British were the ones responsible to my Canadian friends when they pull this out.

Because all Canadians were British in 1812.

And were nowhere near Chesapeake Bay.

Meh.  Until after the war when many of them settled in Canada.

So what?

They still weren't Canadian when they sacked Washington.

This is the point in the conversation someone brings up the American revolution ... it's all been said and done before many times.  That's the joke.  There is a monument to those soldiers in my old Winnipeg neighbourhood where some settled near the Seine River.  Rowdy bunch.

The joke is that Canadians apparently need to take credit for someone else's work in order to feel pride in their country.


You don't seem like you are having much fun. Kinda grumpy really.  My forefathers ... call them whatever you want ... but you should thank them otherwise ya'll would have a pink house.
 
2020-08-24 10:08:12 PM  
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2020-08-25 2:04:27 AM  
Waiting for the Patridiots to start screaming "America's never lost a war!  Fake news!"
 
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